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Nigerian striker Samuel Kalu fully recovered after ‘heart scare’

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Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr says striker Samuel Kalu is fine after he collapsed in training over the weekend and was immediately rushed to hospital during the Afcon tournament in Egypt.

There were fears that the forward, who plays for French club Bordeaux, might have some heart condition, but that was dispelled after checks at an Alexandria hospital.

As a precaution, Kalu played no part in Nigeria’s opening Afcon game against Burundi on Saturday but was at the stadium in support of the team.

Speaking to CAFOnline Rohr: “Kalu had a problem on Friday when he fell as we were doing some drills on corner-kicks.

“He was rushed to hospital but fortunately the doctors said it was dehydration and not a heart problem. He wasn’t drinking enough liquids.

“But he is okay now and in high spirits. We will wait for the green light from the medical team before we decide whether he can play.”

Kalu also confirmed that he was okay, leaving the team’s dressing room after the game with a smile and a thumbs-up when asked how he was feeling.

Rohr said his team had been hit with sickness with defender Shehu Abdullahi coming off after just 39 minutes in the game against Burundi on Saturday.

“We had some sick players coming in here because of the weather training in Asaba. But I believe they will recover and we can have a fully-fit team.”

Nigeria play their next game against Guinea on Wednesday in what is expected to be a tough duel.

In partnership with ANA and Mediapix

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